This week we’ve got a cwazy, not-to-be-missed lineup for those of you brave enough to listen: Robert Johnson, Linda Ronstadt, Lydia Mendoza, John Coltrane, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, along with Palakiko & Paaluhi introducing yet another new series, Waltzes, Steel Guitars, Etc., Etc.
Blues, color and kind. Eighteen top pops from the past half century of blue-filtered listening, and yet a mere ladleful from an ocean of big blue diamonds.
Further on down the road from the first two parts of Blues What Am, rather than follow a strict chronological survey in terms of discovery of various wonderful folk and blues performances it has been our choice to present a number of blue-tinged recordings from all over the American popular musical spectrum: archaic voicings glancing off the primordial runoff of obscure Appalachian wellsprings to a relatively up-to-the-minute revisitation of a World War II ballad by the Queen of Soul herself. In-between we hear everyone from the Dixie Hummingbirds and Lonnie Mack to Odetta and Fred McDowell setting forth their own recountings of that universal cri de coeur known so well to us all. —liner notes by “Little” Fats Terminal, station KFCK, Lompoc, CA
Yeah, well, I didn’t buy this CD at Starbucks, I picked it up used somewhere along the way. My story, stickin’ to it. But it does contain quite a few fun tunes from all over the vernacular music spectrum: blues, country, early jazz, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, ska, etc. As it came out in 2008 it appears to be a companion piece to Mr. D’s Theme Time show on satellite radio which was airing around the same time period.
And it includes this fine uptempo waltz by French café star accordionist Gus Viseur.
Well, it looks like Bobby Marchan quit before Huey and the Clowns got to this one, because the singer on “Quit My Job” is John “Scarface” Williams and Bobby is nowhere to be heard. One of Huey Smith’s last sessions for Ace before moving over to Imperial.
Bobby Marchan with Huey Smith & His Band • Quit My Job • 1960